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Japan Center, San Francisco

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Shopping Mall Landmark
The Japan Center is a shopping center in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It opened in March 1968 and was originally called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center. It is composed of three malls: the Kinokuniya Mall, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall. Anchor tenants include Books Kinokuniya and Sundance Kabuki Cinema.The Fuki-ya restaurant owned by Junko and Richard K. Diran is said to have been the first Robatayaki restaurant in the United States.The architecture of the site, created by Minoru Yamasaki, has been described as "Brutalist slabwork."San Francisco's Peace Pagoda is on the Japan Center site.
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TripAdvisor
  • Well worth a visit, and the surroundings look very nice, just the usual Japanese themed shops and Japanese restaurants and even a 'Japanese mall' with anything Japanese, not big as the SF China town.  more »
  • This is a city shopping mall with an unattractive design. Not a great result from 70s urban renewal. It is saved by an excellent movie theater and some great Japanese restaurants in the mall and in th...  more »
  • If you're moderately interested in Japan or Japanese culture or a full-fledged Japanophile; you will not be disappointed. I venture to say even a person who isn't acquainted with Japan or Japanese cul...  more »
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  • Definitely a spot that really embodies the spirit and style of Japan. It really was like stepping out of America and into a spot of Japan. The Japan centre is essentially a mix of shops and restaurants. A real otakus dream for merchandise. A place for beauty products from Asia. A place for authentic food and goodies.
  • A charming place to hang out with friends, go on dates or just explore by yourself. Lots of yummy food, dessert spots and a good array of cute shops with all sorts of eastern asian goodies (especially Japanese and Korean).
  • It's an amazing cultural Hub where you're most likely to hear Japanese spoken aloud rather than any other language. The signs are all both in English and Japanese it's really cool
  • So much to do! So much to eat! So much to see! There are only 3 Japantowns left in the USA, San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles. This is such a beautiful place. So happy to have been able to enjoy it.
  • This is very few Japan towns left in the world! This is a must see if you are a fan of Japanese culture. Once I stepped inside the Japan Center I felt as if I was back in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. The food quality is amazing and the prices are reasonable.